Saturday, April 26, 2014

No Smoke and Mirrors: BORN OF ILLUSION Rose to the Top Ten for Teens in the Kindle Store.

On March 29th, Born of Illusion by Teri Brown hit the number 10 spot in the Teen and YA section of the Amazon Kindle store. When I read the blurb of the book, I was intrigued since my husband is professional magician. I had my fingers crossed that Teri would do an interview, and Voila! Here it is!

First, Teri, tell us what your book is about. 

The unofficial tagline for Born of Illusion is, Is she really Harry Houdini's daughter, or is it just an illusion? Basically, BOI is a fun romp through 1920's New York City about a young woman who is a magician, a performer and a secret psychic.

Tell us briefly about your path to publication: Traditional or independent? Recently or further in the past? 

I am traditionally and independently published. My first novel, Read My Lips, was published from Simon Pulse in 2008. There was a long stretch until Born of Illusion came out in 2013. Then I had four books come out in 2013! (I write adult historicals under TJ Brown) I independently published a companion novella to my adult series.

What top factors do you believe put your e-book where it is now? 

It was a Kindle Daily Deal, which made the book sky rocket up to #1 in teen historicals. I think it helped get the book in front of people's faces. 

How are people finding out about your book? Tell us about your marketing and use of social media. 

I am on Twitter and Facebook. I did a lot of marketing for Born of Illusion including having a makeup designer design an exclusive eye shadow palette for the book.

Some studies say children reading e-books are reading more, while other studies say they comprehend less of what they read. What’s your opinion or experience? 

I ran a teen book club at a low income community center for several years and my girls all read regular books as none of them had an e-reader at that time. I think that has changed now. I'm not sure why there would be a comprehension difference… reading is reading, right? But I have not seen the studies, so I can't know for sure. 

What is your target audience, and how do you believe the e-format works for that audience and serves their needs?

I write YA and adult so my target audience is all over the place. I think as e-readers come down in price and phones get more sophisticated, teens will have more and more access to eBooks. Kids and young adults take very quickly to technology. I don't think they will completely replace hardcopies, but they are definitely a force.

What are you working on now?

I just turned in my third YA book for Balzer+Bray, a book called Velvet Undercover….think spy girls in WW1. I am working on a new YA horror proposal, as well as an adult historical.

Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts you as an author? 

Oh, I believe it helps. Especially with teens! 

Learn more about Teri and her books at her website or by following her on Facebook, on Twitter, or on Goodreads.

See the updated Kids' EBook Bestseller List for the latest top tens for children and young adults. And stop by every week for more interesting interviews with the authors!